US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova in semifinal

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US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova in semifinal

Tennis- 22-time Grand Slam champion, 6-time US Open champion Serena Williams was stunned by 10th seed Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal of the 2016 US Open Championships and also lost the World No.1 ranking after 186 weeks.

New World No.1 will be Australian Open champion Angeqlique Kerber, who reached third Grand Slam final of the year, after beating former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in second semifinal. Williams was also given a shocking loss in last year's semifinal against Roberta Vinci, when she was looking to become first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slams in a year. This time she was looking to break Steffi Graf's record of winning most, 22 Grand Slams in open era. Pliskova and Williams had met only once before, two years back when Serena won in straight sets.

But this time Pliskova was in sublime form as she won the Cincinnati title just before US Open, where she defeated World No.3 Garbine Muguruza in semifinal and World No.2 Angelique Kerber in the final. Pliskova had stopped Kerber from becoming World No.1 after beating her in Cincinnati but after beating Serena, Pliskova has done a favour to Kerber, who is the new World No.1. In the first set Pliskova got first break of the match in the third game and held her serve easily to go 3-1 up.

Pliskova served 4 aces and won more than 85% points on first serve as she did not face any break point in the first set. Pliskova got another break in the seventh game and took the first set 6-2. In the second set Serena held her first two service games easily but Pliskova broke her in the fifth game of the second set to go 3-2 up.

But Williams broke back immediately to level it at 3-3. Both players held all service games easily as the set was decided by tie-break. Pliskova raced to a 3-0 lead in the tie-break but Williams bounced back strongly to win next four points. Williams was serving at 4-3 but a double fault brought it back on serve.

After that it went on serve, until Williams served at 5-6, facing a match point. The 22-time champion served another double fault to lose the match and chance of breaking the record. The Czech is through to her first Grand Slam final.

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